You change your wardrobe when spring weather starts turning into the summer heat. Do you do the same for your diet?
You need to change your diet so your body can fully adapt to the summers. Summertime means humidity, heat and sticky weather, which most commonly cause dehydration and sweating.
To ensure that your body stays properly hydrated, you get all the vitamins and minerals you need and to help you cool off in the summers, we created a list of the top 5 summer food you should eat this year. Every London caterer, every chef, every doctor and even every mother will agree that these 5 foods should be an essential part of your summer diet!
Think of tomatoes as a sunscreen. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant – lycopene – which is known to protect the skin from UV rays. It is these very UV rays that cause sunburns, redness and even cancer. This antioxidant is also considered rather effective in reducing the risk of certain cancers like prostate cancer and breast cancer. Plus, tomatoes contain a high level of Vitamin C (which is all you need to get flawless skin) and Vitamin E (which has anti-ageing benefits). So not only are tomatoes preventing sunburn, but they’re also improving your skin! It is best that you eat raw tomatoes with a dash of salt and pepper for taste. As a quick dish, you can always make a cucumber and tomato salad or enjoy a basil, tomato and mozzarella sandwich if you’d prefer some tastier options.
When is yoghurt ever a bad idea? Hungry on the go? Grab a yoghurt. Feeling a little run down? Have some yoghurt. Research has proven that yoghurt actually prevents hypertension and reduces your stress and anxiety level – and how doesn’t need that on a hot summer day? The main reason to have yoghurt in the summer is that yoghurt actually hydrates you and helps boost energy levels. Also, yoghurt contains probiotics which keep your digestive system healthy, an added bonus. Just sprinkle a little sugar or salt to energize yourself whenever you’re feeling a little low on energy. Here’s a great yoghurt breakfast recipe – yoghurt parfait for breakfast – yoghurt, granola, fruit and whatever else you’d like to add.
Watermelon is the fruit that was made for summer! That juicy, sweet and delicious fruit is the best way to cool down on a hot summer day. Since watermelon is low in calories, you can eat this every single day without worrying about gaining weight. Watermelons contain 92 percent water – that is 92 percent hydration that is going in your system and cooling you down. The high water content keeps you hydrated, it helps you feel full and it also helps improve your mood (watermelons contain Vitamin B6 which help calm the nerves). Some say that watermelon juice isn’t as effective as eating a normal watermelon, so we suggest you cut it, chop it and eat it! To make a delicious watermelon salad, all you need to do is mix together some chopped watermelon, feta cheese and rocket leaves. Add a drizzle of lime on top for a zingy freshness.
Ah, that sweet, juicy and beautiful fruit. That first bite you take, with the juice of the peach dripping down your mouth – that sweet and delicious peach. There is a reason peaches are considered the staple food of the summers – peaches are power-packed. Peaches contain a variety of vitamins and minerals – Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, potassium – what more can you ask for? These vitamins are known to improve the skin – both texture and complexion, while preventing sun damage. This fruit is also known to reduce obesity – a fact that has been clinically proven! Peaches also contain free radicals which protect us from certain types of cancer. Peaches are also recommended for diabetics to reduce lipid levels and regulate blood sugar levels. Magnesium is known to keep anxiety and stress at bay – a mineral that peaches are rich in. So stock up your fridge with nature’s bounty because you can make so many tasty peach dishes like peach salad, grilled peach sides and even peach salsa. To make a good peach salsa, chop some peaches, some bell peppers and a small onion. Mix them together, drizzle some lime juice and cilantro and mix well.
- Fresh corn
Who doesn’t love a good corn on the cob? Corn can actually protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun – a little protection if you forget to wear your sunglasses! Corn is also a great source of antioxidants, and we all know how essential antioxidants are for our health. The two most important antioxidants in corn are zeaxanthin and lutein, and these two are known to reduce degeneration and prevent cataracts. Corn is also high in starch and fibre, so you can easily enjoy some sweet corn whenever you’re a little hungry to keep you full for long. Also, since corn is gluten-free, it is a universal favourite! So you can boil the corn to make corn soup, you can grind it into flour, you can heat it on the stove and eat it raw or you can add it to your salads and pizzas. Basically, corn is good in any and every form! Corn in white sauce will be a family favourite – just boil some corn, mix in some homemade white sauce, add salt and pepper for taste and add some fresh herbs for a quick and easy corn dish.
Even though we have chosen our top 5 foods, it is important to have a healthy and balanced diet. Try to eat as many fruits as you can in summer to keep you hydrated and cool. Even green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are recommended as summer foods. Make sure you drink lots of liquids all throughout summer, iced coffee, iced tea and of course water. To have the right summer diet, you need to make sure that you’re eating all the fresh and local summer foods – it’s that simple.